Gylfi Sigurdsson (R) celebrates after scoring against Maribor
Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel

Gylfi Sigurdsson eager for morale-boosting victory for Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to make amends for Saturday's disappointing defeat to Chelsea with a morale-boosting victory at Maribor tonight.

Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from Europa League group

Manager Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from their Europa League group despite watching his team throw away two points at Panathinaikos last night.

ECB leaves key interest rate at 0.75%

The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.75 per cent.

August 12, 2012: LeBron James of the United States dunks during the men's basketball gold medal game against Spain

Basketball: US 'Dream Team' (2012 edition) defend their Olympic title against Spain

United States 107 Spain 100: Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Americans while LeBron James had 19 and Kobe Bryant 17

Karina Bryant (top) tussles with Iryna Kindzerska in their bronze medal match

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The colour may have been bronze, but it was worth its weight in gold for Karina Bryant and for British judo, which has finally picked itself up off the Olympic mat.

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Great Britain miss out on medal in men's double sculls final

New Zealand's Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan won Olympic gold in the men's double sculls, with the British crew finishing in fifth.

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Tyro Dautovic signs for Chelsea for £1m

Chelsea have continued their recruitment of some of the best young players in Europe with a deal worth £1m for the Slovenian 17-year old Emir Dautovic.

London not calling for Ottey and relay team

Sadly, there will be no Olympic Games for the grand dame of sprinting, Merlene Ottey – nor for the great underperformers of the Great Britain women's 4 x 100m relay team. Both fell off the London 2012 selection radar in the relay semi-finals at the European Championships in Helsinki yesterday.

Zut alors, we're the language dunces of Europe

The first major study of the foreign language skills of Europe's teenagers confirmed what we all feared yesterday – we are the language dunces of the Continent. The survey of 16 nations – by the European Commission – revealed England was bottom in the rankings on reading, writing and listening.

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Britain to fight landmark ban on chemical linked to cancer

French plan to outlaw BPA in food packaging comes after campaign to ban it from baby bottles

Slovenians reject gay adoption law in referendum

Slovenians rejected in a national referendum a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases.

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This winter has been a surprising one for ski tour operators, with early gloom replaced by renewed optimism.

Gianni Meersman celebrates after winning the fourth stage of the 70th Paris-Nice cycling race

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Belgian Gianni Meersman timed his attack perfectly to win the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race yesterday, but Briton Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead despite Alejandro Valverde's late surge on the final climb.

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